Show up for Your Town…



at the Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony

Friends, family, neighbours, teammates – gather round! We’re looking for up to 2,020 noisy people to make the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture opening ceremony something special and uniquely Galway. Can you stamp your feet, clap your hands or bang a utensil off a hard surface?

Are you over 18? If so, you’re a perfect fit. Celebrations begin on 2 February in Clifden, visiting An Spidéal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry in the lead up to a spectacular open-air city finale on 8 Feb. With casts in six different towns throughout Galway, we wonder, who will make the loudest bang in 2020?


“With casts in six different towns throughout Galway, we wonder, who will make the loudest bang in 2020?”

If you’ve been searching for a spark of fun in the dark tunnel of winter, consider this your call to action. Maybe you want to celebrate your hometown; step out of your routine, your head, your comfort zone; meet a new friend (or dare we say, someone special). There are a million reasons to join in the excitement. To get ready, you’ll be learning from some of the world’s most inspiring creative talents. Award-winning production company, Wonder Works are bringing the best in the industry to your doorstep for one week only.

The opening ceremony event marks the beginning of an incredible year for Galway, with major creative projects and initiatives traveling to the very frontiers of the county. Our opening ceremony cast will reflect the county-wide reach of the programme, and the diversity of our communities.

Practice rehearsals will run on either Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday from 6 to 22 December 2019. Following a Christmas and New Year break, the rehearsal will resume on weekends from Friday 3 January to Sunday 2 February. A commitment of between six and 30 hours of rehearsal time, depending on your individual role in the ceremony, is required.

A kick-off event on 30 November from 1pm to 4pm at Leisureland, Salthill, will tell you all you need to know about the opening ceremony – where, when and what is involved.


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